10 years agoa treaty dealing with the disposal of 100,000 gas bombs which were abandoned by Japanese invaders after the Second World War was issued by both Chinese and Japanese government. However, during all those years, Japanese government not only delayed bomb disposal time, but also let the Japanese businessmen be earmarked corruption while defusing bombs.

Recently, two former proprieters of PCI consulting company, the contractor handling the cleanup of chemical weapons the Japanese abandoned in China, were on suspicion of illegal diversion of chemical weapons abandoned in China earmarked 100 million yen (about 870,000 US dollars). Even the Japanese media have criticized that the money should be used in the treatment of victims of chemical weapons on China.

Compared with huge expenses dealing with gas bombs, 100 million yen is only a drop in the ocean. Japan calculated that the total cost of operation of the disposal factory in Haerba, Jilin Province will rise to 1 trillion yen (about 8.7 billion US dollars) and that is the most conservative calculation. In 2003 the Japanese side in Shijiazhuang clean up 52 gas bombs sharing 280 million yen (about 2.5 million US dollars).

According to the Japanese Cabinet Web site, the chemical weapons expenditure budget is soaring to more than 70 billion yen, but even so, the disposal factory in Haerba Ridge has not been actually established yet. The gross budget of destruction of chemical weapons is even less than 10% of the amount the Jap government promised a decade ago, which was 1 trillion yen. Where is the Tokyo government’s international credibility?  When both sides were in the negotiations, Japan should have removed more than 600,000 pieces of the poison gas shells instantly. But the finalization of the negotiation turned out to be the setting up of local disposal factories in China. In other words, Chinese side had made the biggest concessions, and the local people were under great expense of the environmental pollution. Japan then promised to spend larger amounts of money healed this historical reality of catastrophe.

600,000 gas bombs are of mass destruction, far exceeding that of Hiroshima atomic bomb. Some reports from AOL indicated: “China says poisons have leaked from the weapons and killed about 2,000 people since 1945, compounding the enduring resentment over Japan’s wartime aggression.” According to some Chinese media such as Sina and Sohu, several cases had been inflicted due to the bug of gas bomb disposal. In 2003, one person was killed and 43 were injured when construction workers broke open a buried barrel of poison gas in the northeastern Chinese city of Qiqihar. And in the year 2004, 4 cases, at least, had been reported as to water pollution and social panic caused by underground gas bombs in Jilin Province, a north-eastern province in China.

The corruption scandal again proved that the Japanese government’s persistent stance towards China and Chinese people is hostile and contemptuous. The plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against Japan, demanding Tokyo cover their medical costs and income losses, saying one-time compensation of $2.6 million was not enough. When it comes to life of people and trust between neighbouring nations, I think, monetary stuff is no longer the big issue. All the Chinese needed is the straight and pure-hearted apology from Japan.

danger sign appeared in Haerba cleanup in North-eastern China